On a whim, I have asked Ms. Bewildered Bug what favourite products she is currently using.
When Happy Chinadoll first asked me to describe all the products I have been using in my daily routine, I was a bit intimidated. She has tried so many products and blogs constantly about beauty and makeup that I was a bit intimidated. Then I remembered what I wrote on my blog recently - all these products and cosmetics are more about improving your self esteem and emphasizing who you are; they are not there to hide or to disguise or to recreate you into someone or something that magazines and social media says you should be.
I took a long hard look at the products I use, and although they aren't the perfect products for me at the moment, they are excellent products and they help me create a quick daily routine that gets me out the door on time looking fabulous. I am gluten and dairy free and am therefore going to be switching a lot of these products in the near future, but for those of you without my health problems, they have been fantastic and are fantastic products to keep an eye out for. I have not been compensated for this post in any way by any of these brands, I just truly believe that they will definitely help you to celebrate the diva that is you.
|Some of the products|
|Some of my makeup (are u crazy? I am a girl, of course I have more than this!)|
After the Vasanti base on my face, I usually apply my eye makeup. I am a pretty simple person - depending on my mood I may just go with liner and mascara or with a dab of shadow, liner and mascara. I absolutely love love LOVE the Annabelle liquid liners - they come in so many colours, last forever and have a short wand. This allows easy and mistake-proof application, even for newbies. I even converted my sister to these! I use darker colours jbut you can get some pretty neon and fun colours to do a party look easily. Currently I'm on a quest for ultra-long lashes but am terrified of falsies, so I have been trying out several mascaras. The one that I found has worked best for length so far, is the Envyderm mascara that I reviewed on my blog a few months ago. I have to say I didn't expect it to end up being my favourite and I'm not an online shopper so that annoys me. I did have the opportunity to meet with a promotional team from Benefit recently and their mascara wand looks very similar...so when I do run out of the gazillions of mascara I have in my makeup bag, I will be trying the Benefit mascara. When I feel for a little bit of pizzazz in my everyday, I dot my tear duct with either a cool light blue/white or a warm matte gold eyeshadow. I don't use a specific brand for this, I just pick up a colour I love. For nights out, I prefer to do either a smokey eye which I create with various MAC eyeshadows, or with a fabulous shimmering yet natural look which I create with the Urban Decay NAKED palette.
Again, I have not reacted to any or my eye makeups so they may be the last thing I convert to gluten-free-ism - but that's my personal choice.
For blush I do not use a particular brand, but I do like MAC as well for their choice of colours and their cute packaging. The same for bronzer - although my MAC bronzer is glittery and more for going out (and sometimes doubles as eye shadow), so I reccently purchased a Smashbox bronzer that has only a little shimmer in it and not glitter. I use it when I want to dress up a little more but stay natural, and use it just below where I put the blush to emphasize my cheekbones and give it a little bit of that glow that is so popular in today's makeup trends. I am not a lipstick lover/gloss love, so I cannot really recommend any to you. I have found a lipstick that I love from a small Canadian brand named Momo that sells out of a specific spa - but the reason is sorta silly. The lipstick smells like chocolate....and I love the smell. Otherwise, I may go with a lined lip with just plain Vaseline or just plain Vaseline....and when it's been eaten/drunk off or kissed or off or whatever I go au naturelle!
Funnily enough, I just realized that most of the brands I have chosen to use are Canadian - MAC (best known) is from Toronto, Annabelle/Marcelle is under Le Groupe Marcelle from Montreal and Vasanti is a Toronto based cosmetic company that focuses on South Asian skin. How interesting.....I'm going to be in trouble when I move out of Canada :S
|My favourite hair products (of course I have others - but these are the ones I actually use!)|
Goldwell shampoo & conditioner,Kerastase Chroma Thermique,Moroccan Oil
I hope I've given you a bit of insight into my daily routine and that it has been some help for you. If you are choosing products, in the end, use what you love and love what you use. You have to remember that this is not an effort to cover yourself up, but to make you and your personality shine, so my advice is to find colours and products that enhance the real you without making you feel uncomfortable. Good luck and I look forward to seeing photos of you lovelies!
What products do you find the most useful in your daily routine?
Serena is a 30-something, PR-friendly, gluten-free, dairy-free, “smug-married”, self-proclaimed people-watching allergy-queen just trying to navigate this obstacle course called life. Her blog, Bewildered Bug, is her attempt to relay her everyday experiences. Feel free to contact her there, on Facebook or on Twitter.
Thank you Ms. Bewildered Bug for this wonderful post. She has given me more than I have expected. It was a pleasure working with her.